Prizes & Awards

The webmaster welcomes contributions to this list of any prizes or awards relevant to the study of art made in Italy from antiquity to the present day.

APS Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History
The American Philosophical Society awards the Jacques Barzun Prize annually to the author or authors whose book exhibits distinguished work in American or European cultural history. Deadline 31 January for books published in the previous calendar year.

ARIAH Prize for Online Publishing
The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) invites nominations and self-nominations for the ARIAH Prize for Online Publishing. This award, which carries a $1,000 prize, seeks to encourage and promote high scholarly standards in online publishing in all fields of art history. The prize is awarded annually to the author(s) of a distinguished article or essay published online in the past three years in the form of a peer-reviewed e-journal or other peer-reviewed, short-form e-publication that advances the study of art history and visual culture. The article should either appear exclusively online or should be substantially distinct from any print version. The competition is open to anyone, with the exception of delegates of ARIAH. Entries may be submitted by the author(s), or by others nominating authors for the prize, including publishers. Entries must be accompanied by the ARIAH Prize Entry Form. Entries will be judged by a committee of ARIAH members. Online publications must have appeared within three years of the submission date. All languages will be considered, but non-English submissions must also provide an English translation. Viable non-winning submissions will be reconsidered in subsequent years. Deadline 31 December.

Bruno Zevi Prize
With a view to developing and disseminating the teaching of Bruno Zevi and his method of critical and historical inquiry, The Bruno Zevi Foundation is holding an international competition to award a prize for a historical-critical essay offering an original analysis of an architectural work or theme or an architect of the past or present. The competition is open to holders of research doctorates with experience in these fields: the key role of space in architecture; the ancient sources of the modern language; history as methodology of architectural practice; the modern language of architecture; landscape and the zero-degree language of architecture. Essays already published in Italy are not eligible. The languages admitted are Italian, English and French. The prize consists of the publication of the essay and in the invitation to give a lecture on the occasion of the award. Those wishing to enter for the competition are required to provide the Bruno Zevi Foundation with a) completed application form including personal data, details of the section in which the essay is entered, and its title; b) the complete text of the essay (max. 120,000 keystrokes including notes, etc.) and illustrations on CD with two copies on paper (the digital copy of the essay must show the title but not the author’s name); c) an abstract (1,500 keystrokes). Questions should be directed to the Fondazione Bruno Zevi. Deadline: 5 September.

CES Best First Article Prize
The Council for European Studies (CES) honors the best early work of the next generation of European Studies scholars with its European Studies First Article Prize competition. Prizes are awarded in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Each prize winner will receive $500 and public recognition on the Council’s website. PhD advisors, journal editors, and editorial board members are strongly encouraged to nominate promising candidates. Individuals may nominate themselves without prejudice. To nominate a candidate for the Prize use the nomination form. To learn more, visit the Council’s website. The next deadline will be in early 2017.

CES Book Award
The Council for European Studies (CES) offers the European Studies Book Award every two years to the best first book on any subject in European Studies.

Helen and Howard Marraro Prize in Italian History
The late Howard R. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the purpose of establishing by each society a Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian history. Each association has appointed a member to a joint selection committee. Each award will be given for the book or article deemed best by the committee, which treats Italian history in any epoch, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Application deadline for 2017 prize is 15 May 2017.

I Tatti Prize for Best Essay by a Junior Scholar
Villa I Tatti – The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies awards an annual prize for the best scholarly article on an Italian Renaissance topic, published in English or Italian in the previous calendar year. The subject can be any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries; essays could also address historiography. The selection committee looks for rigorous and original research, and convincing results expressed in clear and effective prose. Applicants must be advanced PhD candidates (with an approved dissertation topic) or have received a PhD, dottorato di ricerca, or equivalent after 1 January 2009. Only journal articles published in 2015 are eligible. Current employees of I Tatti, or appointees from academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16 are not eligible. The winning article(s) will be posted on the I Tatti website, and the author will receive $1,000. The winner of  the 2013 prize was IAS Member Niall Atkinson, The Republic of Sound: Listening to Florence at the Threshold of the Renaissance,” I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Vol. 16, No. 1/2 (Fall 2013), 57-84. Honorable Mentions to IAS Members Daniel Maze, “Giovanni Bellini: Birth, Parentage, and Independence,” Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Fall 2013), 783-823; and Allison Sherman, “Murder and Martyrdom: Titian’s Gesuiti Saint Lawrence as a Family Peace Offering,” Artibus et historiae, no. 68 (2013),  39-54. 2015 competition deadline: 14 February 2016.

Society for Italian Historical Studies Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript in Italian History
The Society for Italian Historical Studies, affiliated with the American Historical Association, offers the Ezio Capadoccia Prize of $400 for the best unpublished manuscript on the history of Italy, of dissertation length. Since the object of the award is to encourage fresh interest in Italian history, the prize is offered for the first or second study in the field by a scholar who has received the Ph.D. since 1 January 2015. Only book-length manuscripts that are judged worthy of scholarly publication will be considered. Acceptance of a study for publication during the period of competition will not debar it from consideration. Scholars regularly resident in the United States or in Canada are eligible for the award. The Society reserves the right to withhold the prize if no manuscript is deemed worthy of recognition. The winner of the award will be announced at the January 2017 meeting of the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Applicants should refrain from sending letters of recommendation. An electronic copy of the work and a brief vita, should be sent to each of the following committee members no later than 15 August, 2016: Giovanna Benadusi, University of South Florida (; Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Boston College (; and Dario Gaggio, University of Michigan ( A brief vita and title of the entry should also be sent by email to the Executive Secretary, Roy Domenico, University of Scranton (